The New Must-Try Gym Class That Combines Pilates & HIIT For A Total Body Workout

Plus, enter to win 12 personal training sessions!

This post is sponsored by Virgin Active |

Group exercise classes have always been core driver in helping to make exercise irresistible for those of us who just can’t seem to get off the couch. According to the American College of Sport Medicine (ACSM), who polled 2 308 respondents from across the world, group training is the second-most popular fitness trend in 2019 while high-intensity interval training (HIIT) ranks third.

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Now that winter is finally fading away, it’s time to get back in the gym and Virgin Active’s new class is where it’s all happening. The class, called Active Bands, combines the energy of a HIIT session with a fitness goal for a full-body workout. Who knew this tiny piece of stretchy equipment could be so effective?

Time To Shape Up

Developed in conjunction with fitness entrepreneur Rachel Holmes and Ceri Hannan, Virgin Active’s National Product Manager, Active Bands uses exercise bands combined with supine bridge moves, mat-based Pilates and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) – think jumping jacks, mountain climbers and jump squats – to give you a full-body workout. The class also includes moves from Tabata, a form of HIIT that lasts four minutes, and EMOM (every minute on the minute), a type of interval workout where a specific task is performed every minute for a set amount of time.

Besides being a calorie guzzler, Active Bands focuses on the lower body and core. Unlike other resistance band exercises and workouts that isolate the glutes, in Active Bands, the exercise bands are placed slightly higher on the thigh. This helps activate other muscles to provide a full-body workout. In addition, the workout helps decrease the risk of injury.

For a full list of Virgin Active clubs where Active bands will be available, click here.

Plus, Win Yourself Some Personal Training!

Virgin Active is running a competition in which you could win 12 sessions with a Virgin Active personal trainer. And you don’t have to be a member to enter! Virgin Active will give you a six-month complimentary membership voucher if you aren’t yet signed up to train at their gyms.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Enter below.

P.S. If you don’t win the prize this time round, keep an eye and enter next time round as this is the second of four Virgin Active competitions offering this amazing prize!

Simply fill in the form below to enter:

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  • All participants must be over the age of 18.
  • To enter, audience must comment on the competition post as per the question asked.
  • The competition closes on 31 October.
  • All valid entries will go into a lucky draw and stand the chance of winning one of the prizes as listed herein.
  • The judge’s decision will be final and no further correspondence will be entered into.
  • Audience can enter as many times as they want but will only be eligible to win ONE prize in this competition.
  • All Virgin Active staff, tenants, contractors and their immediate family members will not be eligible to be in this lucky draw.
  • The prize cannot be transferred, sold or exchanged for cash.
  • Winners will be drawn as soon as possible after the competition closes.
  • The winners will be announced on Men’s Health’s channels and will be contacted directly by Virgin Active.
  • Winners that receive personal training sessions as a prize will be matched to a personal trainer of Virgin Active’s choice at the member’s home club. All sessions to be booked directly with the personal trainer as assigned.
  • To all non-Virgin Active member winners, Virgin Active will provide the winner with a six-month complimentary membership voucher.
  • Should the winner not be contactable, Virgin Active reserves the right to award the prize to a new winner.
  • Virgin Active reserves the right to use the winner’s image/details in future media, at Virgin Active’s discretion.
  • Virgin Active reserves the right to document the winner’s journey through photos, video and/or written content. This content will be used in Virgin Active print, online and/or video-based marketing materials, as well as any other company publications.​
  • All competition prizes must be redeemed by 31 July 2020.


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